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  FOX News    Special Report With Bret Baier    News/Business. Bret  
   Baier.  (2013) New.  

    February 28, 2013
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i like these stories, you can probably tell. she is adorable. 115 next year. there is something going on with women in japan, they have longevity. her family is exciteded. she said the secret to living a long life is watch out for -- [ inaudible ] her diet is vegetarian. >> dana: what was her red wine intake? >> greg: they eat fish. >> kimberly: and vegetables. >> greg: i eat none of that. >> bob: i hate to follow the nice story. she was took a gun and killed them and herself. one thing i raise this about
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is they had a history of bipolar disorder and other problems. how she got a gun. if there is a advertisement for background check, this is it. >> eric: that is a cheap shot. now we can't talk about it. that's what one more thing is. all right, my turn? >> greg: yes. >> eric: if you watch "the five" we were originally a summer replacement show and you probably know how much i love this show. i do. i am proud to announce that numbers are in for february and fourth month in a row "the five" is now number two show among all cable news programs. any time slot, any network. some thanks to hardwork we do here, behind the scenes an behind the camera but thanks to you, the awesome audience. thank you very much. >> greg: i think it's more about me. >> dana: is that true? you went to saint gregory? >> greg: i did. san mateo. we have to go. that is it for "the five." thank you for watching. see you tomorrow.
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>> bret: good evening. i'm bret baier. this is a fox news alert. six hours from now, march will come in like a lion in the nation's capital. automatic cuts in federal spending growth. the sequester are set to kick in. we bring you the hyperbole and hand wringing and hysteria and we show you what happens for someone going against the official white house version of events. we have fox team coverage tonight. mike emanuel on call for flexibility before inflexible deadline. and carl cameron on the bully og after famous mainstream journalist, but we begin with ed henry on the spiral and spin. good evening. >> it's coming. the white house budget office released urgent memo as the officials are getting ready for 10:00 a.m. meeting between the president and congressial leaders that both parties say is unlikely to come up with a
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deal. >> with president obama and the aide on defense whether they exaggerated impact on education and other issues -- >> i am not personally in contact with individual school districts. >> the president went before business leaders last night. >> we heard from a number of experts and economists that this is not a cliff. but it's a tumble downward. >> appeared to ratchet down expectations of disaster. >> it's conceivable in the first week, two weeks, first three weeks, the first month a lot of people may not notice the full impact of the sequester. >> this will be a rolling impact, effect that will build and build and build. >> that building continued with attorney general eric holder telling abc news sequester will disrupt law enforcement mission and endanger u.s. security. as the government accountability office revealed
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scathing report from fiscal year 2007 through 20121, the justice department wasted $11 $11.4 million flying department executives around the country on non-mission using the gulf stream jets. they had other dire warnings from the cabinet. >> i don't think we can maintain the same level of security. >> whether it's press related i don't know but there are teachers getng pink slips now. >> the claims are under scrutiny with the last one yesterday from education secretary arnie duncan getting four pinocchios from the "washington post." because the teachers in west virginia did not lose their jobs from sequester. >> some of the things are not true. >> white house aides seem more concerned about the accuracy of journalist bob woodward, but his claim the president rewriting history to replace sequester by tax revenue and spending cut through sharp rebuke from white house aide sperling who declared journalists would regret reporting that.
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though officials today insisted that was not a threat. noting sperling is trying to make clear the president called for balance. >> you have to your head in the sand not to know that. >> the federal government spending $408 million an hour, new fox poll shows clear majority of the public, 57%, believe out itic cuts are the only way to get the budget deficit under control. large share of the public, 45%, agrees with the president sequester will have a negative impact on the country. 27% say positive. 22% think there will be no difference. >> the fox poll found american people are getting more nervous about the economy. a whopping 55% saying it's getting worse. 31% saying it's better. and the stakes are enormous for the president because it has danger to overtake the rest of the second term agenda. >> bret: thanks, ed. now a story referenceed in ed's piece, influence and pressure, intimidation and
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bullying. perception and reality. journalism icon under fire from the white house that let him behind the curtain. here is chief political correspondent carl cameron. >> the disclosure of e-mails warning that he might regret reporting on the spending, has washington buzzing. the white house denies gene sperling director of the president economic council was menacing woodward insisting he was respectful when he e-mailed i think you should rethink your comment saying that the president of the united states asking for revenues is moving the goalpost. as i friend i think you will regret staking out that claim. woodward, of watergate fame, wrote back you don't have to apologize to me. this is part of a serious discussion. it welcome the personal advice. i am listening. conservatives are divided. eric erickson tweeted "wow! finally read the e-mail to
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woodward i must now move to not a threat camp." karl rove, fox news contributor, seeing it differently. >> when you say you will regret this, it carries implied threat or they want to do, or send it to broader group. maybe other reporters will get the message if you screw with us and it's chicago style politics in return. >> even lanny davis that dealt with the press in president clinton impeach. considers the e-mail inappropriate and says some of the columns from the "washington times" prompted similar threats. >> i was told most threatened by the editor if he continues to run my columns he would lose, the reporters would lose white house credentials. that is unfortunate. it is. >> the bogs of national journal described a run-in with the official.
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>> woodward was granted broad unfettered access to the white house in first term. hard to dispute he is under attack in the second. >> former advisor and 2008 campaign manager david plouffe hammered woodward as has-been in a tweet last night. watching woodward in the last two days is imagining my idol schmidt pitching again. perfection gained once is rarely repeated. plenty of reporters have received angry call and e-mail from the staff and it began long before he was elect and never stopped. what is surprise manage in this case it's finally woodward and this time he went public with it. >> bret: you and i have both received e-mails like that. >> sure. >> bret: we have heard stories about this white house. >> yeah. republicans and democrats do it in the white house. obama administration have aggressively. there are reporters who say they claim their reporting.
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an article by the huffing top post who said the press has been too deferential. i don't think the reporters in white house briefing room think that. >> bret: more on this with the panel. thank you. do you believe the administration is trying to intimidate journalists? let me know on twitter. follow me. @brettbaier. the senate voted on two plans today to provide discretion on how the cuts are distributed. mike emanuel has that story. >> they called the action charade to recognize both sides knew they would not receive 60 votes. the votes fell. war of word is ongoing. >> the bill would keep in place the massive cut. it wouldn't replace them, it would lock them in. >> senator pat toomey says the goal of the republican plan provoid flexibility for president so agencies like the pentagon could carry out
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reductions strategically. >> they could go to the service chief on defense side and the agency on the department head on nondefense side and say okay, look. you are used to budgets growing and growing. >> some republicans don't want to give the executive branch power to move money. >> they close down the tax loophole and the flexibility to ask the rich of the rich to contribute more. instead, they're completely inflexible. >> plan offered by senate democrats using tax revenue derailed after the budget office said it would increase the deficit by $7.# billion in the next decade. >> motion not agreed to. >> in an interview for upcoming documentary, the
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senate leader says facing another deadline should haven't gotten this point. >> we know this was coming. why are we here? why are we here at the 11th hour. no more 11th hour deal. >> mcconnell predicted tomorrow's meeting a in the white house with the top four congressional leaders would be nothing more than a photo op. essentially congress is done for week. automatic reductions are hours away. bret? >> thanks. join us sunday as we go behind the scenes of the sequester battle. showdown on debt row, 8:00 p.m. eastern sunday. former republican presidential candidate mitt romney says life off the campaign trail is different. mitt and ann's first interview since losing the election will be on "fox news sunday" this weekend. >> in a flash, it was all gone. the secret service, crowds,
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intensity, minute-by-minute schedule and suddenly nothing. how tough is that? >> it is an adjustment. in the church we are used to serving. then all of a sudden you're nobody. we're used to that. we came forward to serve. the other part of it was an amazing thing. it was really quite a lot of energy and passion. and a lot of people around us. but the good news is fortunately we like each other. >> it's different but like riding on a roller coaster. we are on a roller coaster. exciting and thrilling. ups and downs. then the ride ends and you get off. it's not like ho, can't we be on the roller coaster rest of our life? no. that ride is over. >> you can see the entire interview with mitt and ann
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romney this weekend on "fox news sunday." could a guy who once modeled a wedding dress be the key to u.s. relations with north korea? that is later in the grapevine. up next, he wore the papal regalia for eight years. as the holy father. today, benedict xvi flew off in the sun set. target is in sight. yes, dad, i see him. now pour some chloroform into a white rag and.... no. hi. i understand you're looking for a hotel with a pool. with priceline express deals, you can save big and get exactly what you need. do i have to bid? use the stun gun. he's giving you lip. no! he's just asking a question. no bidding. awesome. get the grappling hook to... dad, i... no? ok.
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>> bret: for the first time in 600 years, pope left office today. alive and well. the man now known as emeritus pope benedict ascended to retirement castle. amy kellogg has the story from rome. >> pope benedict 16 z departed the palace through the courtyard pass the swiss forward, all scripted and on
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time. driven to the helipad. then they followed the chopper where he blessed the faithful one last time. >> i am no longer the supreme pontiff of the catholic church. i am until 8:00 p.m., then no more. i am simply a pilgrim. who begins the last off of his pilgrimage on earth. >> earlier he said farewell to cardinal promising to show uncome reverence and obedience to the one among them who might be pope. there was a great weight lifted from his shoulder. >> you have seen him carefree is not the word but there is an ease there. happy he will be relieved of the duties. >> accolade for those who knew
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him. >> he was always the most courteous and sensitive of all the ones we visited. of course, the pope, i think, he has been most astonishing teacher. >> pope benedict parting words were good night. now pope emeritus, the former pontiff, says he plans to spend time hiden away from world in prayer and interlecht wall pursuits, while the cardinals get ready to choose his successor, they will likely set the date for the conclave on monday. >> bret: amy kellogg in rome. thank you. mortgage rates in the u.s. dropped to just over 3.5% this week. that is .2 of a percentage point from the historic low of 3.31. the commerce department says the u.s. economy grew at an annual rate of one-tenth of a percentage point in the time quarter of last year. the dow fell 21 points today. the s&p 500 was off one. the nasdaq dropped two. we have been telling you for
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weeks about the possible impact of the sequester of cuts. federal spending growth this evening. correspondent steve brown tells us if you live in illinois, you already know what it's like to have a government in serious arrears. >> let's take a look at one through 14. >> classrooms are packed in the cash-strapped mill burn school district. 40 teaching positions cut in four years and the superintendent wants to know. >> are we going to get the money. >> they are owed money from the state of illinois where now $330,000 behind in the state funding that the state owes us they have yet to pay. >> this is not a new problem for the land of lincoln. >> outstanding bills at 2011, the largest income tax increase went in effect is $8.5 billion. >> now the pile of illinois outstanding bills, $17,000 plus pages high, totals better than $9 billion. >> the impact that it's having on our local governments, on our service providers is
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tremendously negative. we are in a desperate situation. >> some examples. children's hospital in chicago awaits $50 million. ups, $141,000. southside funeral home almost nine grand. then there is seville staffing. michigan avenue building owed $165,000 for third party debt collection. illinois owes money to a company it hired to collect money owed to the state of illinois. then there is the pension fund. >> this problem cannot be delayed. >> they are underfunded by estimated $96 billion, worst in the nation. leading to the worst credit rating among 50 states. options for fixing the pensions, few. >> we don't have a choice. but to inflict pain. hope we can do so with, we can make changes that are minimally painful. >> back over at mill bourn schools, frustration.
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>> it would be great if we had at least a plan. but, until illinois figures out how to pay its bills and patch its pension, superintendent lin says he will spend more time on spreadsheets, less on achievement scores. bret? >> bret: steve brown in chicago. thanks. still ahead, one of the most dangerous places on earth. first, will the obama administration get involved. in the u.s. supreme court case about california's gay marriage ban? [ male announcer ] what are happy kids made of?
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a separate measure would outlaw procedures in the 19th week. the house passed a far reaching expansion of the violence against women act. that cleared the senate two weeks ago. republican backed alternative was defeated. the bill which goes on to the president's desk gays, lesbians, immigrants and native americans under the protected umbrella. we now know where the obama administration stands on california's gay marriage ban. correspondent shannon breem tells us what effect it could have on the u.s. supreme court. >> i wouldn't surprised if president obama is thinking about his legacy when he considers whether or not to file a brief in the prop 8 case. >> in recent months the president who will not have to face the american electorate again, and may be thinking more long-term has made it increasingly clear that he personally believes same-sex couples should have the right to marry. >> my personal view which is that i think that same-sex couples should have the same rights and be treated like everybody else. >> there had been growing
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speculation about whether or not the obama administration formerly weigh in on the looming supreme court fight over california's proposition 8. voter passed measure that states only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in california. >> today's sources confirm the justice department will file a brief in support of gay marriage. while dozens of other outside parties submitted their brief for the court consideration, legal scholars on both sides of the issue believe when the administration speaks the justices listen. >> when you have the president of the united states, our highest elected officer taking such a strong stand on this issue, it does give the supreme court some incentive to strongly consider his position. >> you can guarantee if the president of the united states tells the solicitor general to file a brief, the justices are going to read it. >> taking sides in the prop 8 battle the administration will be at odds with 37 states in which the voters or legislators have banned
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same-sex marriage. >> this is a major state's rights issue. number of states have spoken. they put it in the constitution. how do we now just say we are going to ignore what the states have said and we are going to trump that. >> just last may, the president said he had not getten trechtly involved in the legal debate because it's, "a mistake to try to make what traditionally has be a state tissue a national issue." today's filing suggests the administration is now doing just that. the supreme court hears the case march 26, with a decision due by late june. bret? >> bret: thank you. the man who led u.s. forces in the first gulf war is back at west point tonight to be buried. general normon schwarzkopf came back today after two months after his death from complications from pneumonia. his body welcomed by tomorrower secretary of state colin powell. u.s. is dipping the toe further in the fluid syrian civil war. secretary of state john kerry announced $60 million in new
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nonlethal support for the opposition in syria. for the first time, the u.s. will provide aid to syrian rebel fighters. none of it is to include cash or weaponry. it will consist of medical flies and ready to eat meals. go to foxnews.com/specialreport to see a piece from our own james rosen who is traveling with secretary of state john kerry. we'll have more from james along the 11-day trip here on "special report." the first lady is a little thin on facts apparently, concerning childhood obesity. in the '70s, it was ping-pong diplomacy with china. in 2013, basketball, north korea and a guy famous for wearing a wedding dress. we'll explain all of that in the grapevine next. dad, i'd put that down.
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>> bret: now fresh pickings from the palestinian cat grapevine. the sequester isn't the only story where the white house is being challenged on the facts. the "weekly standard" is questioning the first lady's claims about the success of her let's move campaign to end childhood obesity. michelle obama said op "good morning america," "when we started, there were a lot of people in this country who would have never thought that childhood obesity was a health crisis. we're starting to see a change in the trends. we're starting to see rates of obesity coming down like never before." she praised mississippi specifically, which according to the robert wood johnson report has seen a 13% drop in childhood obesity.
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and she said, "when i first went there, mississippi was considered one of the most up healthy states in the nation." but the report actually shows the decline happened between 2005 and 2011. the let's move campaign began in 2010. monday we told you the president's new non-profit advocacy group organizing for action is essentially selling white house access to wealthy donors, something then candidate obama campaigned against. if you get your evening news elsewhere, you probably did not see that story at all. the "new york times" broke it saturday. abc, cbs and nbc had no mentions of the controversy in their morning or evening newscasts. throughout the weekend. or on monday. it continueed tuesday with nbc and cbs devoting one minute to story tuesday morning finally, north korean leader king jong un, has a new b.f.f.
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dennis rodman. the flamboyant former basketball star visiting north korea this week making him the most high profile american to meet with kim since he took power. today they attended a game. afterwards, rodman told him, you have a friend for life. rodman may not be fully up to speed on tensions involving north korea. when he arrived tuesday, the worm tweeted "maybe i'll run in to the gangnam style dude while i'm here." that singer psy is from south korea, which is technically still at war with the north. the suspect found in the home of olympic hero oscar pistorius following the shooting death of his girlfriend reportedly has been identified as a testosterone booster used in muscle recovery and as a sexual aid. it's just another layer to a case that turned a spotlight op one of the most dangerous places in the world. senior foreign affairs correspondent greg palkot is in south africa.
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>> welcome to johannesburg. other cities in south africa protected by high walls, topped with barbed wire, electrified fencing, moppered by camera and armed patrols. gated community outside the city are island of hope for security. you can see through this massive fence but don't climb over it. high voltage. this is aimed to keep the criminals at bay. >> we are looking at the security. >> johannesburg resident is typical of many here. her house has been targeted twice by intruders and so she installed elaborate security systems, high-tech alarms and closed circuit tv. >> even though we live in a suburb that is close there is always the fear. the criminals come from outside. >> there are hundreds of thousands of robberies, burglaries and other crimes a year. the murder rate in south africa is over six times that of the u.s. why do people feel so endangered. >> the proximity. in a place like johannesburg,
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you have very poor people living close to wealthy people. >> no, you are not looking at a war zone, afghanistan. this is one of the leafier suburbs of south africa, and these folks are part of a swat team on many security firms to deal with crime in a proactive and muscular way. this is one of 9,000 security firms operating i operateing in south-africa. security industrial complex. more than all the soldiers and police in the country combined? we see a lot of crime on daily basis. that is the demand for our services! but the crime rate is falling with the growing army. police say they are finally getting their acts together. they note it's often the poor that are the most affected by various crimes. still the perception of crime remains high. the psychology of fear is as dangerous as the crime itself.
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greg palkot, fox news. >> bret: is soldier accused of sending classified material to wikileaks website pleaded guilty to ten of the charges. private bradley manning faces up to 20 years in prison. military prosecutors say they plan to move forward with a court-martial on the 12 remaining charges. scare tactics and the sequester. we talk about it with the fox all-stars when we come back. advil pm® or tylenol pm. the advil pm® guy is spending less time lying awake with annoying aches and pains and more time asleep. advil pm®. the difference is a better night's sleep. it's eb. want to give your family the very best in taste, freshness, and nutrition? it's eb. want to give them more vitamins, omega 3s, and less saturated fat? it's eb. eggland's best eggs. eb's. the only eggs that make better taste and better nutrition... easy.
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the sequester will weaken america's economic recovery. it will weakp our military readiness. across the country, the cuts will force federal prosecutors to close cases. and potentially let criminals go. air traffic controllers apt airport security will see cut-backs. that could cause delays at airports across the country. >> border patrol agents will see the hours reduced. f.b.i. agents will be furloug
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furloughed. federal prosecutors will have to close cases and let criminals go. >> this is not an abstraction. people will lose their jobs. >> president obama in recent days and weeks talking about the sequester, as it closes in. bit of a different tone, though, last night. >> this is not a cliff. but it is a tumble downward. it's conceivable in the first week, the first two weeks, the first three weeks, the first month, a lot of people may not notice the full impact of the sequester but this is going to be a big hit on the economy. >> new polls out tonight. how will the country get budget deficit under control with automatic cut? 5% of you said that. 29% lawmakers can do it.
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14% unsure. the next question about the sequester, specifically, has to do with cuts to increase in spending. negative impact. 45% positive. 27% no difference is 22%. bring in your panel. judge andrew napolitano, senior judicial analyst. juan williams, columnist with the hill. syndicated columnist charles krauthammer. what about the change in tone? judge, how do you read all of this? as the president gets ready to meet with lawmakers at the white house. >> i think the facts caught up with the president. the public now realizes that these are not cuts. these are reductions in increased spending. this is the planned increase spending right now. that is the planned increase with sequester. the difference is two cents of every dollar on increase spending. no f.b.i. agent will be furloughed. no control will be set free. no prisoner will be set free. no teach refer be fired in west virginia -- to teacher is
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going to be fired in west virginia, a as the secretary of education said the other day. the scare tactics are reprehensible. this is this his hands. he can nip and tuck. talk to chiefs of the military or the administrative agencies and say here is your priorities. make the government work. >> bret: juan, a tough briefing for white house press secretary jay carney where he was asked about arnie duncan the education secretary and the report that pink slips were going out in west virginia. he said again and again, for more information go to department of education. the specific school district. the "washington post" wrote this up. saying there were no news report of pending layups. the school board there, facing a $4.5 million shortfall. but last week landed a big victory worth $3 million. the state supreme court ruled it no longer had to help fund the county library. big issue at the moment is push by the school
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superintendent to crack down on teacher absenteeism, not the spending laughs they announceed on national television. no one in the county, west virginia, seemed to know what duncan with talking about. including the education reporters who cover the school district for charleston, west virginia, newspapers. "there was very little sequestration related panic at least on the education side of things" one reporter said. are it seems like a bad couple of days as far as the line here comes the sequester. watch out for the administration. >> in that situation, there is a head start package on the libe line. this is nothing what the administration talked about with the emen in the teacher cut and staff cut. that is exposed as patently political. an attempt to drive public opinion to say to republicans sit down and make a deal.
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55% of americans say there should be combination of cuts and taxes put in place to resolve -- >> bret: that is -- >> resolve the issue. 36% of americans say it should just be cuts and taxes. 55% say a little bit of, you know, include the 33% that says only -- sorry, 19%, mostly on cuts. some on taxes. plus the 36%. drive this is so the republicans start to feel pressure. convey it to speaker boehner, and get them back in negotiations with the white house. before, which is, you know, what is going to play out now. everybody getting toward the end of march.
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>> bret: the problem is credibility issue and how much it hurts the administration. the big picture in all of this. >> they know that they really overshot it. the only thing left out is pettpestilence, plague. he hasn't won the propaganda war. it's a tumble down now, not a cliff. is it a tumble down. republicans have to be armed. they are having authority on how the spending cut are done. the president said he is not accepted he would exercise a veto, and they have to explain if the president says we have
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to do "x" and cut the tsa and to curtail inspections they have to say every day, he chooses it should be the meat inspection and not consultants about the wasteful meetings that they have in expensive hotels. secondly, the republicans ought to highlight every day all of these useless obsolete or idiotic stuff happening in the federal government. say to the administration why didn't you cut "x," which is laughable you cut plicit and teachers. >> to that point, the attorney general on abc, saying that the f.b.i. agents, prosecutors, not going to be able to keep their jobs.
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furloughed and the national security of the country is at risk. there is a report saying the f.b.i. director and the attorney general flying around on the executive luxury jets for $11.4 million in taxpayer money on unrelated missions. they were saying that they were supposed to used for counterterrorism and the bao says they weren't. >> it shows how low we have sunk when the government blatantly lies to us. we can-about it and attribute it to politics. crime for to us lie to the government. the government is lying to us. attorney general is making up stories. we attribute this to politics. meantime, they spent $ >> 11.4. >> $11.5 million to fly on private yet when it was unnecessary. misrepresenting the reason for purchasing the jet. they do it with immunity. >> last word. >> i want to say first of all,
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the president doesn't have flexibility. sequester is inflexible. why would the president make decisions where cuts are made if it will cost him political capital. people say he closed the program and decided to do that when the republicans refuse to sit and negotiate in a way that we say this is a sheer political weight for us to bear in front of the american people. >> bret: so you are saying if he had a choice whether to hurt people or have the flexibility to cut the work program, he would hurt people? in the effort to try to pressure republicans? >> i'm saying he wants people to negotiate with him. as the american people do on a combination of cuts and taxes that would resolve the issue. not to get in the sequester. >> judge is right. indict them all. [ laughter ] >> bret: strong letter to follow. next up, the obama administration leans on bob woodward. if you think most hybrids are a bit under sized then this will be a nice surprise.
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>> bret: well, veteran journalist bob woodward says that the white house was really badgering him over his comments about the sequester. here is what he told cnn about an e-mail. that he received. it was said very clearly that you will rebret doing -- regret doing this. it makes me feel uncomfortable to have the white house telling reporters you are going to rebret doing something you believe in. here is the e-mail from gene sperling. "i do truly believe you should rethink your comment about saying that the president of the united states asking for revenue is moving the goalpost. i know you may not believe this, but as a friend i think you will regret staking out that claim." what about this back and
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forth? there have been other reporters since then that have come out and talked about the white house. and the pressure they have felt from the white house. the white house obviously pushed back. very hard today. many on the left. we're back with the panel. charles, your thoughts? >> i respect woodward and he is right on the origin of the sequester and on obama changing the terms by including tax hikes. if you look at the memo in isolation, i don't see it as a slet. for two reasons. number one, after he says you will regret, he says the sentence after sentence explaining what he means is you will rebreted it because your facts are wrong in this instance. the telling aspect is woodward's e-mail response. warm and polite, friendly respond. many which there is no ange every or umbrage. we would start by saying how
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dare you, you s.o .b. if we were threatened. not to say administration hasn't threatened others. >> bret: on the radio show where he talked about actually instance in which the white house reached out. >> i was told by this editor if he continues to run my columns he would lose, his reporters would lose the white house credentials. that is unfortunate. it is an intemperate. >> if true, it's a threat. today there was a column about attempt at intimidation. we know at fox how the administration has attempted intimidation. way to marginalize fox and i, myself, was the subject of volcanic attack of chief communication of the white house accusing me of issuing a false statement about obama
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for which pfeiffer, dan pfeiffer had to issue a public retraction and apology. >> bret: that was classic, by the way, involving the churchill statute. do you remember that one? i don't want to go back to that. go ahead, continue. rewind that tape. >> that would be fun. i don't think this is an instance of the obvious thuggery of this administration dealing with other journalists. >> bret: understood. the interesting thing david plouffe tweet, juan, in which he during the whole back-and-forth tweets this. watching woodward the last two days is like manualing my idol, mike schmidt of the phillies, facing live pitching again. perfection gained once is rarely repeated. why would a senior advisor take the time to do that. opportunity it seem -- well, doesn't it seem a little bit like maybe he was touching a nervous. woodward? >> i think plouffe was
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touching a nerve. plouffe was skewering woodward and i think being unfair to woodward but delighting in woodward's circumstance and being mean-spirited about it. if you know plouffe, i don't think that is any surprise. the surprise to me in the whole thing is i think the world of woodward, my former colleague, but i don't think he was threatened in any way. i have been threatened by people, my wife, my children. this is craziness. i don't understand why he is doing it. it had tremendous respect for bob. >> as the only non-washingtonian at the table this is really in the weeds. the essence here is that the president suggested, created, sequester and is now trying to walk back from it. woodward told the truth when he said that. i really don't think he was afraid of gene sperling. they're good buddies. >> bret: guess what? we get to hear from woodward tonight. watch "hannity" tonight at 9:00 p.m. he will interview bob woodward and you can hear from the man himself. that is it for this panel. we could talk about it all night, especially the
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